Sao Paulo tower building catches fire, collapses

Sao Paulo fire

"I was sleeping, I woke up my husband shouting 'fire, fire, fire.'" I took my son and left, I could not save his documents, I could save only mine", a woman named Crivalda said to a TV reporter at the scene.

The building used to house the Brazilian federal police, but had been abandoned for years.

Video shot from a nearby structure showed flames spitting out of the lower and middle floors of the affected building before it suddenly collapsed. That blaze was brought under control relatively quickly, Sao Paulo Fire Brigade Lieutenant André Elias told Globo TV. Most likely there are victims, it is still not known how much.

A massive fire ripped through a building in Sao Paulo early Tuesday, leaving at least one person dead. As firefighters worked to contain the flames, chunks of fiery debris rained down.

In a June 2017 story on the occupations, The Associated Press reported that around 350 families were living in the former police headquarters.

The fire passed on to the neighboring building, but there is no threat of its collapse.

Brazilian President Michel Temer visited the ruins early Tuesday morning, but rushed away after victims began throwing rocks and debris at his vehicle. Victims shouted at him to "leave".

More than 150 firefighters are battling the blaze which is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion.

The post Fire Guts Sao Paulo Tower Used By Squatters appeared first on Channels Television. The government estimates that almost 4000 families are living in vacant buildings downtown.

Then-mayor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, had launched an aggressive crackdown on these communities.

Firefighters evacuated the high-rise but as they were taking out the last of the residents, the building collapsed, killing the man.

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